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High-speed Liverpool to Manchester line a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’,  transport chiefs say

High-speed Liverpool to Manchester line a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’, transport chiefs say

21.08.18: A new high-speed line between Liverpool and Manchester is a “once-in-a generation opportunity,” and would cut journey times from the two cities to around 20 minutes, transport chiefs have said. Merseytravel chief executive Frank...

Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

14.08.18: HS2 Ltd is facing a fresh legal challenge from Spanish manufacturer Talgo over what it argues has been “botched” £2.8bn rolling stock procurement process. The Madrid-based company was shortlisted as one of the five supplie...

Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10.08.18: The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark Davies will replace Mark Cutler—who taking up a job elsewhere after being at the helm of the...

One in four HS2 staff paid over £100k a year, data shows

One in four HS2 staff paid over £100k a year, data shows

08.08.18: A quarter of staff members working on the HS2 project are paid over £100 in their yearly salary, startling new data has found. Salaries and perks over £100,000 were paid to 318 HS2 Ltd officials last year, which is more than dou...

Amey wins HS2 substations power deal

Amey wins HS2 substations power deal

07.08.18: Infrastructure giant Amey, which in 2016-17 was Network Rail’s third biggest supplier, has landed an HS2 construction contract to provide power for a part of the build stage. The company will design, build and install two new temporar...

Extra £43bn needed to make the most of HS2, NIC chair says

Extra £43bn needed to make the most of HS2, NIC chair says

07.08.18: A massive £43bn in extra funding is needed to ensure people can make the most of the HS2 project, the government’s infrastructure tsar has said. Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Sir John Armitt called on the...

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

27.07.18: Passengers could connect from Heathrow to Gatwick in just 15 minutes with new £10bn plans to create a high-speed HS4 line. Proposals developed by engineering consultants Expedition say that “HS4Air” (High Speed for Air) wi...

Independent HS2 construction commissioner announced

Independent HS2 construction commissioner announced

25.07.18: Sir Mark Worthington has been appointed as the new HS2 construction commissioner. Sir Mark will investigate any complaints and unresolved disputes from those affected by the new high-speed service and provide independent advice on making a...

Former AECOM infrastructure boss joins HS2 top team

Former AECOM infrastructure boss joins HS2 top team

23.07.18: The chief executive of an international construction firm will join HS2 Ltd as its chief operating officer. Richard Robinson will join HS2 from AECOM, where he was chief executive of civil infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East, India an...

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19.07.18: HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the high-speed line to serve the South Yorkshire areas as a whole. In a major report released toda...

Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

19.07.18: Railway fares must be simplified if HS2 is to bring a step change to the way passengers travel on the network, argued Sir David Higgins. Writing in a major new report, HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman said fares must become simpler and eas...

HS2 will be on par with Japan’s punctual bullet train, with issues ‘designed out of the system’

HS2 will be on par with Japan’s punctual bullet train, with issues ‘designed out of the system’

19.07.18: HS2 Ltd has promised that the mammoth project connecting London to the Midlands and the north will transform the country’s travel in the same way that the world’s first-ever high-speed rail line – Japan’s Tōkaidō Shinkans...

HS2: collaborate to innovate

HS2: collaborate to innovate

17.07.18: Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and moni...

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

13.07.18: Top image: Chief executive of Crossrail Andrew Wolstenholme (left) and former chairman of Crossrail Sir Terry Morgan (right).  The man who has been chair of Crossrail since 2009 has been appointed to the same top job at HS2 Ltd, t...

£1.8m government investment on way for HS2 station in East Midlands

£1.8m government investment on way for HS2 station in East Midlands

11.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Chris Grayling has announced today that up to £1.8m is to be provided by the government to help fund the new HS2 station at Toton (East Midlands). A new station at Toton will del...

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Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

21/03/2019Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

The man leading the Williams Rail Review has warned that the government’s role in the UK railways “will have to change” as the ... more >
Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

21/03/2019Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

The government will look “very carefully” at a £218m funding bid for a new railway station in Chelmsford, Theresa May has said.... more >
Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20/03/2019Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Mursell on the back of debt i... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >